Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Gateway and Streetscape Enhancements Alexandria, Louisiana Above & Right: Through Alexandria's SPARC initiative, (Special Planned Activity Redevelopment Corridors) the city implemented a series of initiatives to create a consistent visual identity and foster positive public and private redevelopment in underserved commercial corridors and neighborhoods. The projects included gateway landscapes marking entrances to the district, and improvements to the streetscapes including widened sidewalks, bike lanes, rain gardens, bus shelters and lighting. These enhancements have helped induce private redevelopment, and foster pride in the community. Bridge Truss Courtyard, Alexandria, Louisiana Bottom, Left & Right: The design of this corporate office is informed by the salvaging and reinterpretation of seemingly ordinary, discarded materials commonly used by a bridge and road construction company. The centerpiece is the courtyard pavilion, which re-uses large metal bridge trusses salvaged from a nearby bridge demolition project. The use of recycled aggregates, road signs, metal beams, aggregate sieve screens and native plant materials typical of rural road edges create a landscape compatible with the company's mission of sustainability. CARBO also provided exterior and interior architectural design for this commission. October 2016 77

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